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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
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About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

Translations of Republicanese:"The Democratic Party is in chaos"

Translation: Instead of allowing Big Money to select the nominees, the Democratic Party actually uses caucuses and primaries! No one knows the result until all the votes are counted!

What's your favorite Right Wing Phrase and translation?

A little info about Lake Erie algae blooms -

50 years ago, there was still significant dumping into the Great Lakes. Lake Erie is especially vulnerable because it is so shallow. The lake used to heat up every summer - I want to say up to 80 degrees + I can recall swimming in the lake as a little kid, and the water wasn't cold at all.

Algae blooms used to be an annual event. In Erie County NY (Buffalo) you could estimate the amount of algae in the water just by smelling your shower - there was a nasty undertone drowned out by copious amounts of chlorine. The bathroom ended up smelling like a swimming pool.

That's what I recall. I can't say that the algae blooms then were the same species as those hitting Toledo now. My husband recalls people getting sick on the water, and that his folks used to switch to well water for the summer.

So - it looks like global warming is hitting 50 years of progress in restoring the lakes. If the lakes are getting warm, it will make for an interesting winter. Lake effect snows occur until the lakes substantially freeze over.

Something to watch out for - eating too fast

I got into a bad habit of eating my food too fast after years of bolting breakfast to get to work, rushing through lunch, etc. Then, my husband eats really fast. I knew he did, but on a recent trip where we were eating at restaurants, I discovered that if I'm not careful, I'll tend to keep pace with him.

So - slow down, enjoy your food, and watch out for people and situations that may cause you to speed up!

Has anyone read a good study of the Beatitudes?

I would like to learn more about them.

Recommended reading - "Saving normal : an insider's revolt against out-of-control psychiatric

diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the medicalization of ordinary life" by Allen Frances

The author addresses many of the issues that are smoldering debates here on DU. For example, while not up to the vitriol of discussions of breast feeding pit bulls at the Olive Garden, any mention of depression and/or SSRIs is certain to bring out the same points: On one side, a claim that too many people are taking these drugs and that they are ineffective, on the other, testimony that these drugs have saved lives.

The author's has several basis theses:

1. The DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association) has not been used as the editors meant it to be used.

2. Big Pharma has a vested interest in widening the scope of diagnosis in order to sell more drugs.

3. Among other premises, he considers the epidemics of autism and ADHD to be mirages. There are societal incentives to be given these diagnoses, among them, special programs by school districts.

4. Too many people are being diagnosed with clinical depression when they are in fact undergoing appropriate reactions to stressful situations (loss of job, death in family, etc). These people would recover their equilibrium with a little time and counseling, but instead are placed on prescriptions for the rest of their lives. (As a side note - he suggests that this is one reason that SSRIs do not perform any better than placebos in blind tests - Too many people in both groups recover from their depression without intervention because they were misdiagnosed and shouldn't have been included in the trials.)

5. The overuse of legal drugs is killing people and adding costs our health care system.

6. Because so many well people are given a diagnosis, resources are diverted from people who are clinically depressed, who do have ADHD or autism, etc.

The book goes into these arguments and lots more. Many of his observations about Big Pharma apply to all drugs, not just psychotropics. I picked up this book out of curiosity, thinking the author was a crank. Instead I found a series of well thought out arguments supported with extensive foot notes. Agree or disagree with what he has to say, I think he brings new points to the table.

A question for New Yorkers - are you aware that Cuomo is

under fire for interfering with the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption?


I'm asking because I think this is a story in Albany, possibly in NYC but that Upstate is totally out of the loop.

(I'm asking in GD because I think more New Yorkers will see it here than in the New york forum.)

Leaving tomorrow's worries for tomorrow -

I have a couple odds and ends going on,but I realized that my real issue is the background worry that these twinges presage real trouble coming at me. I'm letting things that may never happen spoil my day!

Governor Cuomo, meet Zephyr Teachout:


Yesterday's thread on Theresa Roemer's closet


brought these two comments from my husband:

1. At least she isn't using her money to buy our government like the Koch brothers.

2. How does her personal wealth stack up against others in the 1%? I doubt anyone here can really comprehend the kind of money that allows for a "closet" like this; but is she really wealthy compared to some others like the Koch Brothers, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, the Walton family?

I think I'm in love with Janet Yellen -

According to a recent article in the New Yorker, she and her husband were always worried about losing their jobs at Berkley, so they timed their sabbaticals in government service accordingly.


The Hand on the Lever, Nicholas Lemann, New yorker 07/21/2014

Let me repeat that - we now have a head of the Federal Reserve who worried most of her life about being out of work. She understands! She's one of us.

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